By Maudlyn Eduke
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri was on Thursday crowned as the Daily Asset Newspaper Politician of the Year 2020 at an elaborate ceremony held at the NICON Luxury Hotel in Abuja.
Governor Diri who was represented at the well-attended event by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, thanked the media organisation for the recognition which he said came as a surprise.
While noting the importance of the media in national development he charged the newspaper to continue to be objective in their reportage and always consider the unity of the country.
He said the media has been a strategic and important partner in the development of Bayelsa State and has equally supported his administration’s effort to reposition the state and change its developmental narrative.
While presenting the award, the Daily Asset Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Cletus Akwaya, said the governor was nominated for “successfully working through the murky waters of Bayelsa politics to emerge as governor.
He added that Diri was also picked for the prestigious award for surviving the plethora of legal cases to hold tenaciously to his mandate which aptly made him the “Miracle Governor”.
Other awardees were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, who received the Man of the Year Award, the Nasarawa State Governor, Engr. Abdullahi Sule (Governor of the Year), wife of the Benue State Governor, Dr. Eunice Ortom, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, Engr. Simbi Wabote and National President, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Sir Honour Sirawoo, among others.